Downton Abbey BAFTA Award has finally come about. The British Academy paid tribute tonight to the cast & crew just after recording of the last episode completed.

At Richmond Theatre, which on the west side of London, the cast and crew gathered. There they walked the red carpet at the for a Special Award presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). During the event, recorded for later broadcast, the series received a special honor for its outstanding television success in Britain and around the world.

Creator Julian Fellowes said in the awards booklet “To say that the past six years have been quite an adventure would be something of an understatement… We have all been asked whether we had any idea of the impact series would make and the answer is of course not.”

Downton Abbey BAFTA Award - Cast and Crew
The cast and crew of Downton Abbey with the BAFTA Award at Richmond Theatre London ©2015 ITV, photo by Kieron McCarron

The event itself was hosted by Jonathan Ross with a live audience. The current cast including, Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery where present.

Also many of previous cast members where there including Nigel Harmon, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dan Stevens! Dan was famously killed off in a special shown in the UK at Christmas and caused shock to viewers. Many claimed it ruined there festive break!!

Julie Walters CBE had the honor of presenting the special BAFTA to the cast on stage.

The cast have finished recording Downton Abbey Series 6, and the very last episode, so it was with some sadness also that they gathered. The series will start airing in the UK in September 2015 with a Christmas Special at the end of the year. PBS in the US will hold off airing the series until the start of 2016.

The star-studded event at Richmond Theatre will also be shown on television, at least in the UK, this year – at a date yet to be announced.

Downton Abbey BAFTA Award – Image Gallery

Included in the photographs are Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters, Jonathan Ross, Nigel Harmon, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dan Stevens. Click on an image for a larger view. Use arrow keys to scroll through the gallery.

While speaking to local television, ITV London, two of the stars of the show Hugh Bonneville and Allan Leech began celebrating early with a kiss on the red carpet (see the video below).